Michelle Sandlin

Freelance Writer. Columnist. Poet. Drummer.
this is my offbeat life…

Hi, I’m Michelle. Welcome to My World.

I write and I play drums. What else do you need to know? Follow me and you will catch on in no time! I am probably best know as a weekly Columnist for the Houston Chronicle. My work is also featured in various publications, corporate blogs and white papers. My specialty is real estate and the relocation industry. I have a pen, and I’m not afraid to use it!

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Houston's post-Harvey relocation landscapeJason Ford

Houston’s post-Harvey relocation landscape

Original article published in the Houston Chronicle: “On the Move” It has been over seven months, but people are still talking about the impact of Hurricane Harvey, and rightly so.  It certainly left its mark on Houston, both in its damaging effects, and in the way that it showcased the strength of our city and the bond shared by the people who live here. While relocation activity into the Houston area experienced a dip in activity in the months that […]

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation?

What’s the deal with Monday Motivation? I see posts about this throughout social media and all over the web. And, I have to tell you, I rarely feel very motivated on Mondays. The reason? Let’s face it. Mondays are hard. I will even go a step further and say that sometimes they downright suck. But, I have found that it helps to begin each day with the right mindset. This is especially true on Mondays. Monday Motivation you can actually […]

Recommended Reading

I don’t always have time to read, so I make time to listen

We’ve all heard the statistics about how the most successful leaders and innovators are also avid readers. I think the saying is: “Leaders are readers.” Well, I don’t always have time to read, so I make time to listen. In fact, I listen to about 25 books a year, thanks to Audible, and I try to read at least 5 actual books. I know that my reading goal is a really low one, but it works for me. When to […]

Overcoming Setbacks

Setbacks are there to remind you, not define you

I have said many times that setbacks are there to remind you, not define you. I first wrote these words a few years ago, but I think they are worth repeating today. January Promises I made a lot of promises to myself for January. I was going to hit the ground running at the first of the year, and I had a plan to basically kick ass and take names. As the saying goes, “People plan, God laughs.” By the […]

Digital vs Analog: Which is better?

Hey kids! Do you know what this is? It’s called a Rolodex! It’s what we used for decades before the digital age to keep track of our contacts. They were invaluable! Sometimes I would even flip through my Rolodex just to spark some inspiration. It was a tactile, active experience. No mater how convenient and easy digital is, we can’t have a relationship with digital information the way that we can with a physical repository of information. That’s why I […]

When are you the most productive?

When are YOU the most productive? Experts say that’s when you should do the bulk of your work. I learned long ago, that my most productive time is not 8:00 AM. It’s also not 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM. More often than not, my productivity doesn’t seems to peak until the sun goes down. So, after struggling with so-called “regular business hours” for nearly two decades, I shifted my work schedule to match my body’s natural rhythm. The results? Not […]

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